ABC(NEW YORK) -- Fans of The Walking Dead loved Michael Cudlitz as Abraham Ford, the tough-talking talking former soldier who met his untimely end at the end of Negan's barbed-wire bat, Lucille. But his current gig is much more, shall we say, family friendly.
Cudlitz stars in ABC's The Kids are Alright, a '70s-set sitcom in which he plays a stern yet loving dad raising eight sons.
"I know...what I physically bring to television," the six-foot-one, imposing actor smiles, "And...it's not necessarily warm and cuddly -- people hire me to kill things, and I get that," he says, laughing. "But I wanted to lean into...something that was lighter."
And The Kids has heart, Cudlitz says.
"It's just this love that is pulling this family through -- [the family] is definitely ruled with 'a semi-metallic fist' -- but because it has to be [or] the kids will win," he laughs.
Cudlitz has had a long career both in front of and behind the camera: he put himself through college as a set builder, and once served as the construction foreman on Beverly Hills, 90210 -- on which he eventually appeared as an actor.
While Cudlitz admits the early 90210 scripts didn't show much promise, he adds, "When the show really hit its stride...for a young, young audience that was the only place that they could...get a lot of that information...about dealing with, you know, suicide, rape...mental health issues...the crazy stuff that kids were, and are, actually dealing with at that age."
Cudlitz also saluted late 90210 star Luke Perry, who died earlier this month following a stroke.
"That dude that touched a lot of lives," he says. "The world is a dimmer place without him."
Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wendy Williams made a stunning and emotional admission on her show on Tuesday morning: The talk show host revealed she's been staying at a sober house.
"I have been living in a sober house...You know I've had a struggle with cocaine in the past," she told her audience, her voice shaking with emotion. "I never went to a place to get treatment. I don’t know how, except God was sitting on my shoulder, and I just stopped. But there are people in your family -- it might be you -- who are struggling and I wanted to know more of the story."
Williams explained that she goes to the sober facility every night after work, where she is among her "brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help."
"They don't know I'm Wendy. They don't care I'm Wendy," she said. "It's been really interesting, this ride."
Wendy also revealed that her husband and son were the only ones who knew that she's been seeking treatment.
"Only Kevin and Kevin knows about this. Not my parents, nobody," she said. "I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to a home that I live in...with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family."
Wendy went on to explain her sober house routine. "Doors locked by 10 p.m. lights out by 10 p.m., so I go to my room and stare at the ceiling and fall asleep to come here and see you."
"So that is my truth," she added.
The news comes a week after Williams launched a substance abuse hotline through her Hunter Foundation.
As previously reported, on March 4, Williams returned from an extended hiatus of her show amid rumors of personal problems. She attributed her time off to a fractured shoulder and "complications regarding her Graves' Disease."
Featuring a very diverse cast, Spider-Verse stars the voices of Nicolas Cage, Mahershala Ali, Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Hailee Steinfeld, and Zoe Kravitz.
The movie centers on a device that tears the fabric of reality, uniting different versions -- and even different species -- of the web-slinging hero from various dimensions. They all come together in the Brooklyn, New York home of an African-American high schooler named Miles Morales.
With the Peter Parker we know killed in the line of duty, Morales takes up the Spider-Man mantle. Helping him -- sort of -- is Peter B. Parker, an adult, divorced, paunchier version of Peter Parker -- the one we're familiar with -- who comes from another dimension.
Another character is Spider-Gwen, who's from a universe where Peter Parker's girlfriend Gwen Stacy is the one who gets the super powers, thanks to that fateful radioactive spider bite.
While promoting the movie, Shameik Moore spoke about the effect that the character of Miles Morales would have on kids.
"I saw some earlier version of Miles Morales and...I saw myself in the mirror," he told reporters. "In that moment, I was like, 'I didn't know that there's a black Spider-Man,' number one and number two...it just looked like they took a photo of me and animated it...So I do realize the importance of it and...'with great power comes great responsibility.'"
Jake Johnson, who voices Peter B. Parker, agreed.
"We both love this idea of inclusion -- it's time for anybody to wear the mask," he told reporters. "And I'm really glad it's not just Peter and Miles because...my daughters would say things like, 'I want to be Spider-Woman.'" And I'm like, 'We don't have a term for that.' [But] the term is now going to be 'Spider Gwen.'"
Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night at L.A's legendary Troubadour Club -- the same venue where Elton John was propelled to U.S. stardom 50 years ago -- star Taron Egerton helped unveil 20 minutes of footage from the Elton biopic Rocketman.
The footage was screened for various reporters, industry insiders and celebrities, including Darren Criss and Sir Patrick Stewart. Elton’s husband David Furnish was also on hand to present the first look.
According to USA Today, the clip featured a stylized interpretation of Elton’s first overseas show at the Troubadour, with Egerton as Elton performing “Crocodile Rock” and, at one point, floating over the crowd as he sings.
The footage included other glimpses of both Elton’s rise to success and his self-destruction, along with shots of his manager John Reid, played by Richard Madden, and collaborator Bernie Taupin, played by Jamie Bell.
Marc Hom/The CW (LOS ANGELES) -- Two weeks after Luke Perry's untimely death from a stroke at age 52, Riverdale's executive producer says the actor's death will be addressed on the show. They're just not yet quite certain how.
At an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences event for the CW's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in Los Angeles on Sunday, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Tonight, "You know, honestly, we are I think all still in shock and are all still processing and grieving. We know that we have to address it in some way, but we’re giving ourselves a little bit of time and space before we figure out the best way to honor him."
Perry played Archie's father, Fred Andrews, on Riverdale.
"Luke was, is, and will always be a big part of Riverdale," says Aguirre-Sacasa. "We’re kind of a family and when a loss like this happens, you carry it always. It changes and it hopefully becomes a little less painful as time goes by, but you’re changed."
"When I was with the crew, I said, 'It will never be the same,' and that’s true because Luke was such a part of the show," he continued. “There are still a few more episodes that have Luke in them, so we’re glad to share those.”
Adds Aguirre-Sacasa, "His spirit -- which was so generous and wise and vivacious -- we hope will infuse every episode, so in my mind, every episode for the rest of time on Riverdale will have a bit of Luke in it."
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Taraji P. Henson is staying busy and keeping it positive.
In an interview with Extra, Henson briefly spoke about her Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, who last week pleaded not guilty to charges that he filed a false police report by claiming to be the victim of a homophobic and racist attack which he allegedly arranged himself.
"You have to stay strong, stay positive, full of hope," Henson told the entertainment news site, before adding that her Empire cast is also "strong."
In addition to her FOX series, Henson is also gearing up for her latest film, The Best of Enemies, starring Sam Rockwell. It follows Henson as Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina who faces off against the local leader of the KKK, C. P. Ellis, over desegregation.
Henson reveals that after her upcoming project, she's planning to take a break.
"I’m taking the summer off," she said. "I'm just going to take this summer and be normal, take a vacation — a couple, a few — I have a girlfriends' trip coming up, then me and my fiancé have to do something."
As far as her upcoming nuptials with fiance Kelvin Hayden, Henson says she needs "a year" to really plan it all out.
"The dress should come first; I think I know who will make it," she said, joking that she doesn't have a dress or a date set yet.
Henson film The Best of Enemies hits theaters April 5.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- After Lori Loughlin was arrested in the wake of the Operation Varsity Blues college cheating scandal, Hallmark Channel, which airs her show When Calls The Heart, severed ties with her. But while Loughlin may have been canceled, the show is not.
Sunday's episode of Heart was pre-empted, while the network figures out how to continue the Western drama without Loughlin's character, Abigail. But Hallmark Channel took to Instagram to assure fans of the popular series -- who call themselves Hearties -- that the show will go on..
"#Hearties, we assure you that Hallmark Channel has no plans to cancel When Calls the Heart," the message read. "Hope Valley has many more stories left to share and we will let you know the details soon."
Judging from reaction to the post, the fanbase was split.
"Lori was the heart of the show!" one protested. Another griped, "We all make mistakes. God gave to the world the ability for our mistakes to be forgiven. Praying that Hallmark extends God's forgiveness to Laurie [sic]."
But another said of Loughlin's alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal, "People need to look up the definition of 'mistake.' This was a blatant disregard for the law."
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night on ABC, the final audition episode of this season of American Idol will air, starting at 8 p.m. ET. Now ABC has announced when the competition's live shows -- which will allow America to vote -- will begin.
Sunday, April 14 will feature a live-to-tape episode. Then, the first all-live performance show will air Monday, April 15. The schedule will then continue with live shows on Sundays only, for five straight weeks.
Starting April 21, coast-to-coast simultaneous voting will begin, as the show will once again be simulcast in all time zones across the country for three weeks. The show's finale will air May 19, and the coast-to-coast voting will also be open for that show.
Next week, the Hollywood Rounds begin, from the Orpheum Theater in L.A.
ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Terry Crews is not giving up hope on a sequel to his 2004 hit comedy White Chicks.
In an interview with US Weekly, the America's Got Talent host said he's staying on top of his game just in case a sequel happens.
"I would love [a sequel]!” Crews said. "I'm staying in shape for White Chicks 2! I will never get out of shape — you know that, right?"
In the film, which starred Shawn and Marlon Wayans as undercover FBI agents posing as women, Crews played the ultra-buff basketball star Latrell Spencer, who fell deeply in love with Marlon's alter-ego, Tiffany.
Although nothing is set in stone, Crews says he plans to stay optimistic.
"I will be 75 and say, 'Here we go, I'm ready to go!,'" he continued. "I will never, ever get out of shape because that movie's going to happen one day."
Earlier this month, Marlon Wayans teased the possibility of White Chicks 2 happens in the near future.
"I don't know, but there's been some rumblings happening, and a lot of people want us to do it, so me and my brothers have been talking,” he told MTV's TRL. "So if things go right, we hope to do a White Chicks 2."
USPS(NEW YORK) -- Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away, on their way to...the United States Postal Service!
The federal agency revealed this week that 16 iconic Sesame Street Muppets will be joining the ranks of new stamps being released in 2019.
In a press release, USPS said the show is, "one of the most influential and beloved children’s television shows."
"For the last 50 years, it has provided educational programming and entertainment for generations of children throughout the country and around the world," it continued.
If you'd like to count out loud, the stamp art will feature photographs of 16 Muppets from Sesame Street: Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Rosita, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Herry Monster, Julia, Guy Smiley, Snuffleupagus, Elmo, Telly, Grover and Zoe.
ABC/Eric McCandless(ALABAMA) -- "Mama June" Shannon, star of the reality TV series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Mama June: From Not to Hot, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia last Wednesday after police found her with crack cocaine, along with a needle and a pipe, according to TMZ.
Shannon and her boyfriend, Geno Doak, were arrested at an Alabama gas station after the two reportedly got into a "domestic incident," according to the gossip website, which further reports that Doak was also arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, in addition to domestic violence/harassment.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, cops attempted to frisk Doak when he told them not to reach inside his pocket saying, "I don't want you to get sticked or nothing." A search reportedly turned up a needle.
Police then questioned June, who said she was the "owner of the vehicle and claimed ownership of everything inside." Cops found a needle on the driver's floorboard. Cops searched June and found a glass pipe with white residue inside the pocket of her jogging suit, and a green pill bottle containing a white controlled substance in the glove compartment, which June told them was crack cocaine, according to the police report.
TMZ also obtained audio of a "manic" June describing what happened to a tow truck driver as she tried to get her car out of impound.
Mama June: From Not to Hot had its season three premiere on Friday.
Photo credit: National Geographic Channel(LOS ANGELES) -- The National Geographic Channel says Cosmos and StarTalk will return with host Neil DeGrasse Tyson, following the conclusion of its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the astrophysicist.
"StarTalk will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for Cosmos," the network said in a statement obtained by Variety, adding, "There will be no further comment."
Bucknell University’s Dr. Katelyn N. Allers claimed Tyson groped her at an event in 2009, while a former assistant, Ashley Watson, alleged Tyson made repeated inappropriate sexual advances toward her, according to Patheos. He'd previously been accused of sexual misconduct by musician Tchiya Amet, who claims Tyson raped her when they were both graduate students in the 1980s.
Tyson responded to the allegations in a lengthy Facebook post last December, detailing each interaction from his perspective, and adding he welcomed the investigation by the network.
Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Captain Marvel delivered an estimated $69.3 million to easily hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row.
The the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now earned more than $266 million domestically and added added an estimated $119.7 million overseas, bringing its worldwide tally to upward of $760 million. That pushes its gross earnings past ten of the MCU's previous releases as it closes in on surpassing 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy's $773.3 million global total.
Two of this weekend's new releases, Wonder Park and Five Feet Apart, finished in second and third place, respectively, both beating expectations. Wonder Park, the 3D animated adventure featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, David Cross and newcomer Brianna Denski, earned an estimated $16 million. Five Feet Apart, the teen drama starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, took in an estimated $13.1 million.
How to Train Your Dragon 2: The Hidden World placed fourth, collecting an estimated $9.3 million for a domestic total gross of $135.6 million. Rounding out the top five is Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral, delivering and estimated $8 million.
Finishing just outside the top five was the debut of the Spanish-language comedy No Manches Frida 2, banking an impressive $3.89 million from just 472 theaters. It beat out the weekend's other major release, the John Goodman-led Captive State, which failed to capture the attention of theatergoers, earning an estimated $3.1 million for a disappointing seventh place finish.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Captain Marvel, $69.3 million 2. Wonder Park, $16 million 3. Five Feet Apart, $13.1 million 4. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, $9.3 million 5. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, $8 million 6. No Manches Frida 2, $3.89 million 7. Captive State, $3.2 million 8. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, $2.1 million 9. Alita: Battle Angel, $1.9 million 10. Green Book, $1.3 million
FOX(CHICAGO) -- The first original episode of Empire since Jussie Smollet's arrest and indictment on charges of filing a false police report have come in...and it's not looking good.
According to the The Wrap, the episode, which aired earlier this week, brought in a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and a total of 4.4 million viewers. That's a steep dive from the show's fall finale, as well as from last year's mid-season return.
Empire's previous episode, which aired on Dec. 5, had a 1.5 rating and five million total viewers. Last year’s mid-season return had even better numbers: a 2.0 rating and a total of 6.2 million viewers.
The Wrap reports that Wednesday's episode drew the second-smallest audience ever for Empire. The lowest-rated Empire episode aired on Halloween night 2018.
Ahead of the mid-season return of Empire, the show's executive producer Brett Mahoney told Entertainment Weekly that he was confident there would be a season six renewal of the show.
"I know that the network and studio is really happy with what we’ve done creatively this season... And we do have so many of these stories to tell, so I can’t imagine we won’t be able to tell them," he said.
As previously reported, Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts related to his claim that he was the victim of a racially-motivated attack in Chicago in January. After a thorough investigation, police declared the attack to be a hoax, and said that Smollett hired two brothers to carry out the plan.
Smollett has denies the police's version of events and continues to maintain his innocence.